Le Fort Osteotomy

If you or your child has malocclusion (the misalignment of teeth and jaw) due to cleft palate, midface hypoplasia (underdeveloped upper jaw, cheekbones, nose, and eye sockets), and other upper jaw issues, a Le Fort osteotomy is often the treatment of choice. Le Fort osteotomy is upper jaw surgery that involves sectioning and repositioning the maxilla, or upper jaw, to correct its abnormal position.

There are three types of Le Fort osteotomy:  

Le Fort I osteotomy
advancement or treatment of upper jaw malocclusion and cleft palate
Le Fort II osteotomy
treatment of upper jaw fractures
Le Fort III osteotomy
treatment of midface problems and deficiencies

By using advanced 3D imaging to assess you or your child’s specific condition, we can simulate the outcome of proposed surgical plans and adjust any discrepancies before surgery. The 3D technology allows us to create a surgical plan with a level of accuracy not available with traditional imaging technology.

The Yale Maxillofacial and Orthognathic Surgery Program, which includes maxillofacial surgeons and specialists from 18 clinical services, corrects abnormalities of the upper jaw to provide better balance of the midface and improved overall facial symmetry, alignment, and function. We will work closely with your orthodontist (or we can provide a trusted specialist) to create a treatment plan tailored for you or your child. Surgery for you or your child can be daunting, and we know you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. Rest assured, we are here to answer all your questions and to make sure you feel comfortable with all aspects of surgery including pre-surgery, post-surgery, recovery, and beyond.